For the first time since her abrupt departure from “The Today Show” earlier this summer, Ann Curry is returning to the airwaves. Unfortunately, we wish it could be in more pleasant circumstances.
Like with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, Curry is going to be reporting from Aurora, Colorado as more information starts to come in about one of the biggest tragedies to hit the movie theater industry in its history. Early Friday morning during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” a man came into the theater and open fired. At least a dozen people have died in the tragedy, and more than 50 people are wounded. James Holmes, the man responsible for the shooting, has already been apprehended.
Curry will be anchoring a special edition of “Nightline” on Friday night, and will also be contributing to the Nightly News broadcast. In addition, she and Savannah Guthrie, the woman who actually replaced her on “Today,” will be co-anchoring the weekend edition of the show live from the Denver suburb. While we are that there are people all over the country looking to blow this up into some dramatic story, all we will say is that it is nice that these two ladies both realize what is really important here — making sure that viewers have up-to-the-minute and honest coverage of an event that shocked and appalled people across all of America.
Guthrie hosted her first full edition of “Today” on July 9, just over a week after Curry was removed from her post. She was told at the time that she was going to be made into a special correspondent and would have the full reigns to cover just about whatever she wants to the network.
It should go without saying, but our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with all of those suffering in Colorado during this tragic time.